When Malcolm Brogdon tore his quadriceps muscle back in March, the question was would he be ready for the playoffs. Because that was back in the blissful days of ignorance when we thought the playoffs would start on schedule.
Now we don’t know when or if the playoffs will take place. What we do know from Brogdon himself is that he is healthy and ready to go.
Malcolm with an update for the fans 🙌 pic.twitter.com/s9bqvwU5OK
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 25, 2020
With a healthy Brogdon and Victor Oladipo — who was just starting to round into form when the shutdown happened — the Pacers become a difficult postseason out. If the league were to restart and jump straight to the playoffs (still an unknown), the Pacers would have a first-round series against Jimmy Butler and the Heat that would be interesting.
Brogdon, acquired from the Bucks in a sign-and-trade last summer, had to fill the role of ball handler and shot creator for the Pacers while Oladipo was out the first half of the season. He did that and kept his efficiency up enough, averaging 16.3 points and 7.1 assists a game, keeping the Pacers as a playoff team until they could get healthy.